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PERSECUTION NEWS HEADLINES - for the week ending January 8, 2022


CCP to cultivate leaders that uphold "religious theory of socialism"

The Chinese leadership continues to advance the redraft of the CCP's policies on religious affairs and pushes forward a series of new ideas and concepts.

Pray for justice in Nigeria

Fresh concerns for Du Merci children

China: An Yankui and Zhang Chenghao of Taiyuan Xuncheng Reformed Church officially arrested

The wife of An Yankui received a notice of arrest for Preacher An Yankui, sent out on December 28th by the Fenyang Public Security Bureau.

China: Chen Wensheng's response to new internet regulations: "Do not be afraid"

Chen Wensheng, a Christian street evangelist from a small church in Hengyang, Hunan, responded to the Measures for the Administration of Internet Information Services newly published by the China Religious Affairs Bureau.

Three Christians Jailed in Southern Mexico Are Released

Villagers upset they declined to contribute to indigenous festival.

Muslim Extremists Kill Six Christians in Coastal Kenya

Somali militants suspected in attacks in southeastern county.

Historic Bail Granted by the Supreme Court for Victim of Blasphemy Accusations in Pakistan

After four years in prison Nadeem Samson finally gets to taste freedom as his bail appeal, petitioned by Saif-ul-Malook, is granted in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the 6th of January.

VIETNAM | Activists, Journalists Tried in December Crackdown

At least two communities in Vietnam faced intense police harassment in violation of their right to freedom of religion or belief in the period leading up to Christmas and the year’s end.

Myanmar civilians flee to Thailand after airstrikes

In Myanmar, the military has bombed several villages near the border with Thailand.

Church closures continue in Algeria

Algeria gained new leadership this summer, but believers face the same persecution and oppression as before.

Prisoners of Conscience Updates and Prayer Requests: Iran, Nepal, Algeria, & Pakistan

Jubilee Campaign and our partners in religious freedom advocacy achieved some tremendous successes in 2021 within the realm of prisoners of conscience - such as the acquittal and release from prison of Pakistani Christian couple Shagufa Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel after they spent seven years on death row for alleged blasphemy.

Three Christians Jailed without Trial in Southern Mexico

Three Christians in southern Mexico were jailed on Monday (Jan. 3) for declining to help pay for the festival of a “traditionalist” mix of Catholic and indigenous religion last month, according to local news reports.

KAZAKHSTAN: Legal changes increase obstacles for holding religious meetings

As the regime declares a state of emergency and bans mass meetings in some areas, legal changes from 9 January increase the obstacles for holding
religious meetings away from state-registered places of worship. Human rights defenders such as the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human
Rights and the Rule of Law have documented the regime's already severe restrictions on the right of peaceful assembly and to hold demonstrations.

China: Xiamen Christian school raided and fined over $15,000

Last week authorities from Siming District, Xiamen City raided a Christian school.

China: Court holds trial against five Christians of Taiyuan Xuncheng Reformed Church

On December 28, Fenyang court held a trial for five Christians of Taiyuan Xuncheng Reformed Church, all of them tried for the charge of “illegally crossing the national border”.

China: Lawyers and locals search for missing teacher

ocal authorities recently forcibly sent teacher Li Tiantian from Hunan to a psychiatric hospital for publicly sympathizing with Song Gengyi, a teacher of Shanghai Zhendan Vocational College.

China: Early Rain elder returned after detention; families surveilled during Christmas

Unidentified individuals followed Chen Yan and her family on Christmas. The family attends Early Rain Covenant Church, and other Early Rain families report similar cases. ChinaAid sources also confirmed that elder Li Yingqiang returned home after his arrest on Christmas Eve.

Families informed of loved ones official detention on Christmas

On Christmas, Yang Yufeng, wife of former elder Hao Ming, received the official arrest notice issued by Deyang Municipal Bureau of Public Security Jingyang Police Station.

IRAN | Nine Christians Released From Prison

An Iranian church leader was among nine Christians released from prison within the last week, pending a review of their sentences.

EGYPT | Court Ruling Could Deny Burial Rights

An administrative court in Alexandria, Egypt, issued a ruling Dec. 27, 2021 that could potentially be used to deny burial rights to members of unrecognized religious and belief groups.

Nigeria: Christian Burned Beyond Recognition Following New Year’s Eve Prayer

Fulani Militants Threaten Further Attacks Against Christians in 2022

Iran frees nine believers pending case review

Iran frees nine believers from a Muslim background who were serving five-year prison sentences for their involvement in house churches.

Six Christians Killed in Kenya Terrorist Attack

Bodies Burned Beyond Recognition by Al-Shabaab Militants

China pushes for more sinicization

A new year is underway, but China is up to its old antics.

Don't mention God: Powerful nation outlaws online talk of religion

Says it wants to 'protect citizens' freedom of religious belief'

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Mother, Children in Central Uganda Hanged for Faith in Christ

Absconding Muslim husband suspected.

Hindu Nationalists Stop Christmas Services in Northern India

Extremists spoil celebrations of Christ's birth in Haryana state.

Leader of Christian School in Xiamen Faces Hefty Fine

A Christian man in charge of a Christian school in China’s Xiamen, Fujian province, is facing a hefty fine for violating “the Regulations on Religious Affairs (RRA).”

Priest Murdered in Nigeria After Christmas Eve Mass

According to the Catholic News Agency, Father Luke Mewhenu Adeleke, of the Diocese of Abeokuta, was shot dead on Christmas eve while returning home from mass.

Three Christians Jailed in Central India for Attending Christmas Gathering

On December 26, three Christians from India’s Madhya Pradesh state were arrested and jailed on false forced conversion charges.

Suicide Bomber Kills Six in Christmas Day Terror Attack

At least six people dead and several injured after a suspected Allied Democratic Forces suicide bomber attacked the Ishango restaurant, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at 7 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Hindu Extremists Attack Christian-Run School in Madhya Pradesh, India

Glass shatters in assault fueled by false report on YouTube.

Prayer Needs for Care Providers

Please pray for our teams as we start this new year, that we may be refreshed and renewed in mind, body and spirit.



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